The Premier tribute to…
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) are one of the world’s most pioneering, iconic, original, inventive and respected synth based bands. We have a sincere and deep respect and love for their music, this has ultimately prompted us to create Manoeuvres – a respectful tribute to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD). An authentic show, full of the atmosphere and sounds of one of the most unique and influential bands of all time.
“Thanks for an excellent, authentic performance, assisted by the singer bearing more than a passing resemblance to the real Andy McCluskey!”
“Honestly, at times if you closed your eyes, your renditions were so good you could of been at a real OMD concert.”
“Really enjoyable show. Totally gets their audience and showcases the bands 40 year back catalogue in an authentic and respectful way.”
“They are dedicated to reproducing the mighty OMD… and they do an exceptional job! They don’t sample. I went to see them for the first time last month at the Robin2 and they blew me away.”
“Totally amazing and what a credit to OMD! You and Sarah have both worked so hard to re-create the OMD sound (unique to start with) and absolutely clinched it. The timing, the sound and the connectivity and banter you had with each other and the audience was spot on. Even the lighting and flyers were OMD – esque!”
“To be honest I was a bit reserved about it for a band that I’ve supported through thick & thin for 30+ years on whether you would do it justice… HECK YEH you were brilliant!”
I love how although inspired by the original band, Manoeuvres is true to their very own style. If you haven’t heard them play you’re missing out!! Quite a tribute to OMD indeed!
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Enola Gay (Live snippet)
Electricity (Live snippet)
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About our OMD tribute show
Many months have been spent meticulously crafting the music in our own studio. Along with countless hours rehearsal time to ensure that each show accurately recreates the feel of an original Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark show. Quality instruments are used and are key elements in reproducing the sound we strive to achieve. A live performance full of energy along with a complimentary stage set, complete the package in order to give you a memorable and exciting OMD experience! We will be posting regular updates and details on our social media pages and blog!
ALL tracks are made and played by us – we NEVER sample!
BARRY: Lead Vocal, Bass Guitar & Producer
Having been a bass player and vocalist in numerous other bands over the years, Barry is proud to now front Manoeuvres. His animated stage presence and unique vocal style are ideally suited to the task which he carries out with great energy and pride. He is also the person behind the scenes producing the sounds and music that we use on stage resulting in many late nights/early mornings sat at the keyboard supported by copious cups of tea, coffee and peanuts!
SARAH: Synthesizers, Drums & Vocals
With years of experience performing in other tribute bands, Sarah is the ideal partner for Barry on stage, playing synthesiser, percussion and drums, as well as providing backing and some lead vocals. Off stage, when she’s not drawing (she is a children’s book illustrator) she is responsible for all of the bands design work, social media, web design/content, promotional material and moral support. Along with this, her fashion sense is key in creating our look on stage because of course, Andy & Paul ARE fashion icons… aren’t they…??
WINIFRED: Our very own Teac A-3340s
Rescued from obscurity out of the doldrums of deepest darkest Grimsby, we welcome along the newest member of Manoeuvres. Please say a big ‘Hello’ to Winston’s sister Winifred! After a much needed scrub up and lube, she’s all fired up and ready to become a very active member of our tribute to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark!
SOME OF THE SONGS WE PLAY….
Pandora’s Box – Telegraph – If You Leave – Joan Of Arc – Tesla Girls – History Of Modern – Dresden – Walking On The Milky Way – Sailing On The Seven Seas – Electricity – Metroland – Stand Above Me – Red Frame/White Light – The New Stone Age – Messages – Forever Live And Die – Dreaming – Enola Gay – Georgia – Sister Marie Says – Souvenir – Maid Of Orleans – Locomotion – Talking Loud And Clear – Night Cafe + we have many more in the making!!
Here’s what people have to say…
“Saw Manoeuvres last night in Bilston…WOW.. I’ve been a fan of OMD since 1980 and love and admire their music..You guys faithfully paid tribute to them with your accuracy and enthusiasm.. You’re the first OMD tribute artists I have heard of and I cannot praise what you did last night enough. I’m going to try and get to see you again this year if I can. Honestly, at times if you closed your eyes, your renditions were so good you could of been at a real OMD concert. You were that good.. 10/10.. well done”
“Just seen this band at The Wharf Tavistock, absolutely brilliant, authentic OMD set, both Barry & Sarah killer vocals, and the work gone into everything and playing keyboards, synths, drums, bass guitar, etc etc, & clearly loving what they do, cannot recommend highly enough. My daughter & I saw OMD at The Royal Albert Hall Which was incredible, & I have to say I enjoyed these guys in equal measure, every bit of the original artists sounds, vocals and multi instruments sung and played with a great respect and authenticity, amazing! Seriously, you guys are amazing, my daughter & I cannot get over how many instruments you both played, sang so brilliantly, and no sampling, absolutely loved every minute, thank you ????”
“A message for all OMD fans – if you’ve not got tickets I’d highly recommend you do as Manoeuvres are excellent & they blew me away when we saw them in Leeds”
“Brilliant show at the Wharf Tavistock,thank you so much energy and detail congratulations , you managed to play so many songs ! As a fan what should you change ? Nothing you complement each other so well , vocals are great ???????? Thanks again brilliant brilliant brilliant”
“Totally amazing and what a credit to OMD! You and Sarah have both worked so hard to re-create the OMD sound (unique to start with) and absolutely clinched it. The timing, the sound and the connectivity and banter you had with each other and the audience was spot on. Even the lighting and flyers were OMD – esque! Please tell Sarah that she was amazing and not to under-the-counter her skills in all respects. To have that quality of sound and produced and presented by just the two of you,…mind blowing! I am sure that you will go a long way with this tribute and the fan base will take you both by surprise, especially as there is no competition too! An OMD tribute has been well overdue.”
“I’d heard about you but as you were on my turf yesterday evening, I had to go (Tavistock, Wharf). To be honest I was a bit reserved about it for a band that I’ve supported through thick & thin for 30+ years on whether you would do it justice… HECK YEH you were brilliant! A great mixture of hits, album tracks & quirk was great. I spied the ‘new’ McCluskey moves & that was fab, (as we know his dancing has changed now he’s got older). A very worthy tribute of which I would come again if you’re back down this way. Anyway, a very well done!”
“Amazing show..so much energy and as close to the real thing as you’re gonna get! definitely go and see you again..”
“Thanks for an excellent, authentic performance, assisted by the singer bearing more than a passing resemblance to the real Andy McCluskey! The female lead vocals on certain tracks worked well and added a novel dimension. Keep up the good work – hoping to see you play on future occasions.”
“Have waited years for an OMD Tribute and wow – these guys have been well worth the wait!”
“Barry has Andy McCluskey to a tee! Great vibe on stage – Sarah adds a great spin on it and the attention to detail is spectacular”
“if they had laser lights and smoke across the stage you would have thought it WAS OMD….sound almost like the real thing!!!”
“Brilliant show, the year spent building the sounds and preparing to perform certainly paid off. Having seen OMD live dozens of times over nearly 40 years, I can definitely confirm that Manoeuvres have captured the essence of a unique band.”
“speechless – where have these guys been, Sarah has a beautiful voice and Barrys energy is infectious”
My daughter and I were so lucky to have been able to see Sarah and Barry in Inverness last Saturday. The ambiance of the room changed dramatically from the start of their performance. They had the crowd dancing and cheering after the first song!!! Andy-oops I mean Barry 😊 was fantastic! Full of emotion and energy. Paul, Martin and Stuart-aka Sarah adds such soul to the performance and delivered an impressive rendition of Maid of Orleans. I love how although inspired by the original band, Manoeuvres is true to their very own style. If you haven’t heard them play you’re missing out!! Quite a tribute to OMD indeed!”
Come along for the OMD experience…
Shows & Events
To be confirmed
It is with great regret and much sadness, we must let you all know that, for the foreseeable future, Manoeuvres will not be performing any live events and that we have taken the extremely difficult decision to cancel all shows.
In these very strange days, which have seen significant and permanent changes to many of our lives over the last year or so, our own personal circumstances have changed markedly, requiring us to completely re-think our future plans. Also, the uncertainty surrounding the entertainment industry as a whole in the immediate future, and the thousands of repeatedly rescheduled events that have caused a considerable number of clashes, have contributed to our decision.
Please understand that we have not made this decision lightly. It has, in fact, taken us many months to come to, causing us a great deal of anguish and upset in the process. We know that it may result in some disappointment and, possibly, inconvenience for some of you, our much-loved friends, but we have no choice in light of everything going on at present.
If you have purchased tickets for any of our upcoming appearances, please request a refund from your point of purchase, which will either be an online ticket platform, the promoter or the venue direct.
This decision, however, does not mean that Manoeuvres will never perform live again, as we have every intention of looking at doing so when things have returned to an acceptable normality. So, watch this space and keep in touch with us!
We are, as always, incredibly grateful for your continued support. We love you all and apologise sincerely for any inconvenience the cancellation of our shows may cause. We hope that you understand our position and the reasons for doing so, and we very much look forward to seeing you all again at some point in the future.
Till then, stay safe, keep well, and be happy!
Sarah & Barry xx
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World In Motion: The Chaos of Alternative Culture in Early ‘90s Britain, and Why OMD’s ‘Liberator’ Is A Perfect Album
Written by Imogen Bebb 02/2020 Okay, I confess. I’ll hold my hands up. I’ll come clean. I’ll admit it. I’ve been on a real early 1990s kick recently. And I’m going to spend the next 3000 words talking to you about it – particularly some specific movements in music, television and comedy during that time…
Heres some more about the phenomenal OMD, aka…
After playing in other bands during their school days such as VCL XI, Hitlerz Underpantz & the Id, Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey along with Paul Collister formed Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1978. The name was consciously derived to differentiate themselves from the glut of punk bands that were on the scene at that time. Experimentation with electronic music had begun during their school days with them using, amongst other things, stripped down radio circuitry to produce their early naïve sounds. Their first single (and in the words of Andy, their fastest single!) ‘Electricity’ was released on Factory Records ultimately resulting in them being offered a recording contract with a subsidiary of Virgin Records called DinDisc. Paul & Andy used the money advanced to them by the record company to build a recording studio where they were able to finally use a ‘real’ drummer (Malcolm Holmes formerly of the band Id) and gradually retired ‘Winston’ (their beloved four track tape recorder they had been using on and off stage to provide the percussion tracks). Dave Hughes also joined the band on synthesisers and appeared on the album ‘Organisation’ which spawned the top ten single ‘Enola gay’ but was replaced shortly after its release by Martin Cooper. Over the following four years the albums ‘Architecture & Morality’, ‘Dazzle Ships’ and ‘Junk Culture’ were released with mixed success. ‘Dazzle Ships’ having been poorly received at the time of its release has in recent years been re-visited and acclaimed by some critics as being one of the lost classics of its time. The album ‘Crush’ was released in 1985 and featured two new members, brothers Graham & Neil Weir. It is their most pop-oriented to date finding more success in America than in the UK, with the single ‘If You Leave’ becoming their biggest hit in America reaching the chart position of No.4 in 1986. This single was also featured on the ‘Pretty In Pink’ film soundtrack.
‘The Pacific Age’ gave OMD another successful album in America later in 1986 but it found little interest anywhere else and shortly after its release the Weir brothers departed from the band, closely followed by Malcolm Holmes, Martin Cooper & Paul Humphreys. Andy McCluskey soldiered on with OMD and in 1991 released the album ‘Sugar Tax’ while Paul formed a band called ‘The Listening Pool’. Two years later in 1993 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were back in the UK album charts with ‘Liberator’ peaking at number 14 and once again saw Paul collaborating with Andy on songwriting with the track ‘Everyday’. It took a further three years for the next album ‘Universal’ to be released, again seeing Andy & Paul co-writing some of the tracks. By the late 1990’s Andy had given up with OMD and moved into managing other artists, most notably ‘Atomic Kitten’ and Paul revived the OMD image for the odd live show. Years later in an unexpected twist, a German television show requested OMD to perform and in January 2006 Andy announced the reformation of OMD with Paul, Martin Cooper & Malcolm Holmes making up the rest of the band. The initial tour partially consisted of playing the complete ‘Architecture & Morality’ album resulting in one of their performances being released as a ‘Live’ album. New albums ‘History Of Modern’ and ‘English Electric’ followed in 2010 & 2013 respectively. Further touring re-kindled their desire to make even more music and resulted in the bands 13th album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ being released in September 2017. Orchestral Manoeuvres in th Dark continue to tour to this day, playing to sell-out crowds both in the UK and USA and sound as fresh, as innovating and as exciting as ever…
For updates on OMD’s tour dates and news you can visit the official OMD Website
There are some people that, without whom, creating this band would have been a whole heap more difficult and we would like to acknowledge them here:
OMD – first and foremost. Such a unique and influential band!
Motion and Heart – the fan site for OMD for their support. Also a big thanks to Neil for the use of his Youtube footage.
The Friends of 632 3003 – OMD sang about a telephone box in their 2nd hit Red Frame White Light, released 01 February 1980 (which they used as their office!!!) The aim of the Friends of 632 3003 group is to to provide a community group who will help to maintain the iconic landmark. All the venues that book us and especially all the OMD lovers that come to all the gigs!!
OMD Messages – thanks for the support, shares and shout outs!
Live and Unplugged – (Sole Booking Agent) thanks Mark, for the support.
Imogen Bebb – thanks for the awesome blog stuff!
A big thanks to all the fans that send us clips and snapshots too! We love adding them to our pages!
Tracey Rickard – (Web developer) For her patience, help & wizardry. Thanks to Leapfrog Animation for the amazing PROMO video! and a thanks to Happydesigner for ALL the branding, promo artwork and design.
We are pleased and proud to announce that Manoeuvres – OMD tribute will be supporting a charity that is very close to our hearts. With both of us having lost relatives and loved ones over recent years to cancer, we have decided that for every gig we play we will donate a percentage of our fee to the Marie Curie UK. We both felt that in some small way we want to help in the fight against this awful disease and to help with the care of the people suffering from its devastating effects. We wanted to tell you this so you know that anyone buying tickets to any of our Manoeuvres shows will also be helping this wonderfully caring charity. Thank you all for your support.